here is a biblical figure referred to as the Antichrist who is described as the “man of sin”– the fullness of evil in human flesh (II Thessalonians 2:3)
. There is just one person who will fulfill these prophecies in the end times. He has not yet been revealed. Yet, at the same time, “antichrist” is also a prophetic type, or pattern, that can be fulfilled by many people in different times and places.
I John 2:18 – You have heard that the Antichrist will come, and even now there have arisen many antichrists. By this we know that this is the last hour.
In this verse we can see the two-fold fulfillment of prophecy: one that is singular, specific and future; and a second kind that is current in multiple situations. Prophecies must be considered in these two dimensions: the end time fulfillment and the present day application. Thus, the fulfillment of end times’ prophecies often seems to have two different timings: one present and urgent in every generation, and one ultimate and final in the last generation.
Since prophecies have a dual timing – present and future, we have to relate to both dimensions – the urgent and the ultimate, in interpreting the prophecies.
I John 2:22 – Who is a liar but he who denies that Yeshua is the Messiah? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
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